A perfect day in Gotha might begin with a walk in the palace gardens. Part of the palace gardens is the English park which is the oldest landscaped garden outside of England and has an impressive variety of old trees. A walk in the palace garden will take you directly to the palace grounds. Treat yourself with a visit of the palace Friedenstein itself. Let the time in the palace take you on a journey back to the era of the baroque.
While enjoying the exhibition of numerous paintings like the "Gothaer pair of dear ones" and other pieces of art and history from that era on the first floor. Movving on to the second floor displaying of the treasury chamber you will be astonished by the beautiful treasures that are displayed. In the west tower of the palace you will find the last still enacted baroque theatre in the world, the Ekhof Theatre. (Entrance fee for the palace incl. all exhibitions and audio guuidance 9,50 EUR)
Then you may jump on to the cable car and take a trip to the Thuringian forest. The first stop you should not miss is "Marienglashöhle". Here you can take a guided tour into the mountain to se the beautiful crystal cave. Even deeper into the mountain there is a cave lake displaying appealing light reflections. (Entrance fee 6,00 EUR per person)
On the way back you may then stop at the "Rheinhardsbrunner" lakes which are part of the "Rheinhardsbrunner" convent park. Take a rest on the lake with one of the small boats there are to rent in the summer month or walk around and let history and displayed live in a convert be your guidance. Friedrichroda may be your last stop for a small snack or drink in one of the small rustic and homely restaurants or cafés. (Day Tourist Ticket for cable car about 7,90 EUR)
We are looking foward to welcome you in the former seat of royal power in Thuringian, Gotha.